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LN’s own design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD and his business partner, MARIA CLIFFORD, were among a privileged few who recently attended the highly anticipated auction of socialite LILLY PULITZER’s estate in West Palm Beach. Brainerd and Clifford, co-owners of Great Estates, were able to secure seats in the second row of the packed auction house for the sale of items from the fashion icon’s Palm Beach compound. Among Brainerd’s acquisitions for the day: three LILIAN MACKENDRICK watercolors and a charming, lidded cabbage box to add to his majolica collection. For her part, Clifford secured Chinese Chippendale cocktail and side tables for her living room.
Recognition of stellar productions by nearly two dozen local theater companies will take center stage when the St. Louis Theater Circle presents its second annual awards ceremony honoring the best in local professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
Story: Most days, Shirley Bradshaw puts on a face that she keeps in a jar by the door. She’s only 42 years old, but she feels more like 142. It’s the mid-1980s, and Shirley lives a humdrum existence in a working-class neighborhood in Liverpool, England, where John, Paul, George and Ringo got their start.
Head to Monarch in Maplewood for the second annual Celebrate Life, Celebrate Local event on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. Indulge in some of the best beer, wine and chocolate our area has to offer, while helping out a great cause: SSM Hospice and Home Care Foundation. Tickets are $50, and can be obtained by calling 989-2775 or visiting ssmhospicefoundation.com.
Pinnacle Entertainment has appointed WARD SHAW as VP and GM of River City Casino & Hotel. Shaw most recently worked as GM of Tropicana Evansville in Indiana.
Story: The Wyeths share their surname with a family of famous artists who counted celebrities among their friends and admirers. So it is with Lyman Wyeth, a retired actor who gave up success on the silver screen for patronage roles with the Grand Old Party, which was led by his friend and fellow former actor Ronald Reagan. Lyman was good as a leading man in the pictures and just as polished as a genial Republican ambassador.
Story: Boykin, Alabama, also known as Gee’s Bend, sits in a horseshoe-shaped turn of the Alabama River in western Alabama. It was founded in 1816 by Joseph Gee, a wealthy landowner from North Carolina who used slaves to work his cotton plantation. Eventually Gee’s descendants sold the property to a relative named Mark Pettway.
Story: What does a talent agent do when her prime client, a suave and popular leading man, has a “recurring case of homosexuality”? Well, if the agent is Diane and the matinee idol is Mitchell, she does her mighty best to submerge his true identity. In fact, lesbian Diane even poses as Mitchell’s ‘beard’ to allay any fears or concerns by the general public about his manliness.
Story: Seven women, identified only by the singular color of their clothing, appear on stage in a ‘choreopoem’ that combines dance with poetry in 20 vignettes describing various experiences of African-American women.
Story: Between 1945 and 1968, more than 3,000 British children, who were told that they were orphans, were transported to Australia under the guise of beginning a happy new life in a faraway land filled with opportunity. Unfortunately, in many cases those children were not orphans, but instead were taken from their homes by bureaucracies that perceived them to be problems for whatever reasons.
St. Louis natives have a strong connection to their city. So many a St. Louisan go off to college or accept a job elsewhere; but somehow, at some point in their lives, they return to their roots. Amy Lefton is one of those people.
Moneta Group welcomes communications manager EMILY BARLEAN to its team. Barlean’s work history includes working as senior corporate communications specialist and social media manger at Concordia Publishing House.
His music has brought him around the world and back. This acclaimed jazz pianist has performed at St. Louis staples like the Sheldon Concert Hall and Powell Hall, as well as international venues such as Nanjing University in China and the University of Dubrovnik in Croatia. He is classically trained in both piano and pipe organ, and even used his talents to raise money for music scholarships by organizing and performing on a philanthropic CD.
Story: World War II is over, and Joe Keller is back at work running his factory. During the war, he and his partner, Steve Deever, had been convicted of selling defective airplane parts to the United States Army. Those defective pieces led to the deaths of 21 Army Air Force pilots who flew faulty planes into combat.
What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2014? Perhaps you’d like to up your design game by experimenting with a new color palette for a fresher and more youthful look. If your answer is yes, check out these furnishings and interiors with strategically placed touches of happy, vibrant pink set against a background of white. For those who prefer a more sophisticated look, try pairing saturated pink with soft gray. And don’t overlook the importance of variations in texture; velvet, unshorn lamb’s wool, and shag rugs all add interest to rooms done up in these simple color schemes.
Escape the cold, hard winter with a leisurely stroll in a lush, tropical garden! This year’s Missouri Botanical Garden Orchid Show is inspired by the Brazilian gardens designed by landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.
The culinary scene in St. Louis continues to flourish, and 2013 was an especially exciting year for diners and drinkers and those who serve them. Here are just a few of the notable events in the past 12 months:
By next fall, look for plenty of activity in the Upper Muny Lot in Forest Park. Forest Park Forever has revealed preliminary design plans to transform the area into a sustainable festival and parking plaza to better meet the needs of its users.
Local companies joined forces with jewelry designer jenny present to host Shop For A Cause, to benefit Gateway to Hope. Guests enjoyed Champagne, music and sweets while shopping the jenny present collection. Simcha’s Events, Bittersweet Artisan Truffles, Festive Atmospheres, The Rosewood Ensemble and Rachel Closson Photography sponsored the event.
Story: Sgt. Dale “D.J.” Jackson, a black soldier from Detroit, returns home in 1968 with a Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to him for service “above and beyond the call of duty.” President Lyndon B. Johnson himself proclaims the distinction in a ceremony celebrating the soldier. Jackson receives the medal for single-handedly killing more than a dozen enemy soldiers after his unit was slaughtered, with just one survivor: Jackson.
Some 100 guests attended the Jewish Family and Children’s Service 12th annual Tree of Life Society event celebrating the organization’s high-level donors. Attendees at the event, held at Edgewild Restaurant and Winery, enjoyed wine-tasting, a learning session about wine selections and a buffet of food pairings.
There’s no question about it: St. Louisans love silver, especially old-school vintage pieces with the look of coin silver. It’s now possible to have it literally hanging around 24/7, thanks to these new light fixtures that incorporate silver flatware as a decorative element. Troy Lighting’s Bistro kitchen fixture blends classic hand-worked iron and elegant crystal with spoons, forks and knives in one conversation-starting piece. Another charmer: the Spoondelier from Cake Vintage featuring old teaspoons. Each one is made to order.
Happy Birthday, Ol’ Blue Eyes. The Four Seasons Winery, located within the Four Seasons Country Club in Chesterfield, will be celebrating FRANK SINATRA’s birthday with a special five-course dinner on Thursday, Dec. 12. Entertainment will be provided by local favorite TONY VIVIANO and his band. Admission to dinner, dancing and the tribute show is $35 person (includes tax and gratuity), and a cash bar will be available. The evening will also give diners an opportunity to preview the planned full-scale launch of Four Seasons as a wine and fine-dining venue. Proprietor Mehdi Rouhani, of the popular Candicci’s and Talayna’s restaurants, says he plans an official launch of the expanded facility early next year. For reservations, call 956-6266.
A capacity crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall greeted the St. Louis Symphony’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes last month, on what would have been the composer’s 100th birthday. The Nov. 22 program featured music director David Robertson; the Symphony chorus, under the director of Amy Kaiser; and tenor Anthony Dean as Peter Grimes, and soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford. The performance received an extended standing ovation, as well as praise from critics, including The New York Times. The Carnegie program was previewed at Powell Hall Nov. 16.